Saturday, June 11, 2022

Winner - Canadian Wildlilfe Federation's Stan Hodgkiss Canadian Outdoors Person of the Year

This last night we trekked into the beautiful and historical town of Wakefield Quebec to discover that an exciting announcement had been made!

I have been informed that I have named as one of Canada’s ‘Natural Leaders’ as the recipient of the Stan Hodgkiss Canadian Outdoors Person of the Year award for 2022!  This honour has been awarded by the Canadian Wildlife Federation since 1975 and been presented to an outstanding individual in the field of conservation in Canada.

At the moment I have no words for how humbled and honoured I am to be granted this award!  It also means that we will be detouring off the Trans Canada Trail for a few days after we reach our nation’s capital of Ottawa to the stunning province of Prince Edward Island and the awards ceremony!

A huge thank you to everyone who has supported this undertaking promoting diversity and accessibility in the outdoors and encouraging youth to reconnect to nature through birding and citizen science.  After 448 days on the TCT, 10,450 km trekked, and eight provinces (almost) fully hiked the adventure has been amazing!

A huge thank you to Birds Studies Canada, the James L. Baillie Memorial Fund, the Boreal Legacy Project, the Canadian Explorer’s Club, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, the staff of The Great Trail, Eh Canada Travel, Universal Women's Network, nature groups through Canada who have hosted us, and all of you across the nation for your support since 2019!  A thank you also goes out to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who was kind enough to write a letter of encouragement in 2021 which spurred me on to continue to follow this goal!

In 2 days we arrive into Ottawa, in 4 we will be in PEI, and in 7 we will be in Alberta – things are moving fast now and the mountains are calling!

 To read the article and awards announcement click here!

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